Biography

Jessica joined the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the Univesity of Oxford in 2017. She is currently pursuing a DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies, under the supervision of Fernanda Pirie. Her research explores the process of legal reform in the global cannabis marker and the emerging influence and network of cannabis professionals. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork at cannabis companies in Colorado, cannabis conferences in Spain, America, Israel and Austria, and she has conducted interviews with cannabis professionals, public health experts, politicans, lobbysits, consumers and lawyers. Some of her research has been funded by grants provided by St. Hilda's College. Jessica has been invited to speak globally, as a resource for YPO's Summit 420 in California and at various events in the UK. She recently was an official delegate at the UN's 61st Session on the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. Jessica is part of Prohibition Partners' Experts Board as the expert on the European Legal Framework of Cannabis, and also works as a freelance journalist and consultant for cannabis-based projects. 

Prior to Oxford, Jessica graduated with a first class MA joint honors degree in International Relations and Social Anthropology from the University of St. Andrews in 2017. She was on the Deans List and awarded the Principal's Scholarship for Academic Excellence during her undergraduate degree. Her current thesis expands upon her undergraduate dissertation, "The Entrepreneurship of Cannabis," which was partially funded by the Holy Ladislav Travel Fund. The final chapter, "The Culture and Representation of the Legal Cannabis Industry," was recognized by The Undergraduate Awards as a Highly Commended Essay in 2017.

In 2015, Jessica studied abroad at Renmin University in Beijing. Beyond her academics, Jessica founded the 501(c)3 Giveable Giggles when she was 13 years old. She was named as one of Impact Squared's #100FacesofImpact based on her charity's work.

 

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